Wichita State coach’s heartfelt speech
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
The losing coach in tonight’s NCAA national championship game will have big shoes to fill when it comes to end-of-the-season speeches.
Wichita State came up just short in the Final Four against Louisville, falling 72-68 after an “iffy” last-second jump ball call put the game out of reach. The Shockers let a 12-point lead slip away and barely missed out on staging a colossal upset.
WSU coach Gregg Marshall saluted the die-hard Shocker fans by taking out a classy ad in the newspaper.
The coach’s teary-eyed postgame speech to his players after the Louisville loss was just as classy and heartfelt.
Some tid bits:
“Rick Pitino told me we were the toughest team he’s played.”
“For you seniors, all of you are going to be very, very successful. Whatever your dreams are, you’re going to achieve them. …You’re going to always have this (memory) to draw from.”
“This isn’t the end because you’ve done something that every player at this university strives to beat.”
“I want you to be proud that you wear this uniform. …We’re going to celebrate. We’re not hanging our head.”… [For more on Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall's heartfelt postgame speech, click here.]